Today was the first day of my three day programme at the Civil Service College in Singapore. It’s my second year as Senior Visiting Fellow and I am really enjoying it. To see a whole government start to shift towards complexity theory as a new paradigm of government is mist encouraging. On this assignment I am working over two days with a small group of selected civil servants to define a set of experimental projects. I’ve also got my usual meetings (and intellectual stimulation) with the Head of the Civil Service and others.
Today was a presentation to a wider audience before moving on to the detailed work. I started with the Handy S Curve models with my most elaborate presentation to date (slides are here, plus a 117mb podcast). My argument was that we in a phase shift period, between the paradigm of systems dynamics (process, scenario planning, learning organisation) and complexity theory (fragmented sense-making, use of human sensor networks, the inter-connectivity of social computing etc.). In such a period its essential to do a few things:
More on this tomorrow as I start the detailed work. I have also finished writing up the Handy S-Curve material for an article (and the book) which will be available shortly. I’m going to publish a table from that tomorrow for collaborative brainstorming! I’ll also catch up on various promised blogs on how government should respond to the use of complexity as promised some months ago before I got submerged in projects.
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